Boston, Mass. – After a junior campaign that saw him dazzle in the field, at the plate and on the mound, Clark University star Teddy Downing (Cambridge, Mass.) has been named New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) First-Team All-Conference it was announced on Monday by the league office.
Downing was spectacular from start to finish emerging as the most versatile player in the league while helping the Scarlet and White to a school-record 26 victories and their first postseason berth since 2010.
At the plate, he hit a team-best .411 and collected 62 hits – both good for second in the league - and had 20 games with multiple hits and an 11-game hitting streak in the middle of the season.
In addition to those numbers, Downing ranked third in the league in triples (4), fourth in on-base percentage (.480), ninth in stolen bases (11) and in tenth in runs scored (32).
Earlier in the season he eclipsed the 100 career hit mark and already ranks in the program's top ten with 115 all-time.
On the mound, Downing was just as dominant, finishing the season with a school-record six saves and a 1.98 ERA. He tossed 13.2 innings while striking out 25 batters and holding his opponents to a .160 batting average.
One of Downing's best moments came in the nightcap of the Cougars' win over Beloit. With the score tied 4-4, he came in from left field and struck out the only batter he faced with the go-ahead runner on base to end the inning. Then, with the winning run on second base, Downing delivered the game-winning, walk off hit to give Clark a 5-4 win.
He was named NEWMAC Player of the Week in late April and at the annual athletics awards ceremony, he was honored as the 2017 Male Cougar of the Year.